Telling tales

16 03 2019

Hings by Chris McQueer

 

 

 

From the streets of working class Scotland, and on occasion, a little beyond our solar system, comes one of the country’s most hilarious debut writers. Putting surreal and witty twists on the everyday, Chris McQueer creates recognisable characters you will love and want to avoid like the plague.

Peter’s earned his night off, and there’s not a bloody chance he’s covering Shelley’s shift. He just needs to find some pals for the perfect cover story. Deek is going to be at the forefront of the outsider art movement and do Banksy proud. Davie loves tattoos and his latest is going to be a masterpiece. Tam is one of the most creative minds in the galaxy (apparently), but creating parallel universes can cause problems. Everybody on Earth wakes up with their knees on backwards.

 

There are some very entertaining short stories in here from a writer who is new to me. I do think some of the story titles give a flavour of what’s on offer:

 

I really did enjoy most of these and McQueer is an extremely creative and entertaining writer. There are obviously some similarities with early Irvine Welsh but there is a unique voice here who is both sharp and very, very funny.

Looking forward to reading more like these.

four stars

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